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01/03/2024

Fundamental steps in Manaus to consolidate bioplastics

The face-to-face meeting of the Bioplastics project took place on February 27 and 28. This is a rich articulation of impactful collaborative innovation between various organizations that are going to develop the first bioplastic made from Brazil nut waste. The initiative aims to bring an alternative to products made entirely from petrochemicals onto an industrial scale, while at the same time benefiting the Amazonian communities involved in collecting the material by generating income and employment without damaging the forest.

Representatives from all the organizations involved in the project came together in Manaus for a series of talks to define the next steps in this innovative project.

One of the great results of the meeting was the industry’s solid interest in the material being developed. There is a growing demand in the market for more sustainable products that can compete with petrochemical materials. In order to meet this demand, ASPACS will also be consolidating its work with the hedgehog collecting communities in the Labrea region, with high expectations that commercial relations between industry and communities will continue and that the project will follow a successful path.

The increase in interest from industry and the strengthening of the collaborative arrangement was also due to the opportunity to meet face-to-face in Manaus. The presence of three community representatives in the laboratory, in the classroom and on the factory floor was an important differentiator in reinforcing the project’s purpose. WTT managed to create spaces for participation in which the reality of Labrea dialogued with the reality of industry and academia.

 

Presentation by ASPACS from Labrea

On Tuesday morning, details of Aspacs’ fieldwork in Labrea and Idesam’s studies of the Brazil nut chain were presented. In the afternoon, there was a visit to the Tutiplast factory, the project’s commercial partner, and another round of talks. On Wednesday, the discussions focused on UEA, with a presentation of the project’s R&D results and the organization of upcoming deadlines and targets.

 

Cup made with bioplastic (20% of the material comes from hedgehog fiber); Brazil nut hedgehog and hedgehog fiber

 

Visit to the Tutiplast factory